There are thousands of resources out there for people who work in higher education. It can be stressful to sort through and find what works best, so we made it easy for you by gathering a list of our 8 favorite tools.

1. Common App

If your institution is not already using Common App, we highly recommend it. The Common App is a college admissions application that undergraduates can use to apply to 693 member colleges and universities.

2. Twitter

Most likely your institution has a Twitter account, but it’s also important to have a personal Twitter. Learn more about why having a Twitter is important in higher education.

3. Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is a great way to stay up to date with what is happening in the higher ed world. There are articles published every weekday so you are always getting new information and research.

4. TED-Ed

You’re probably familiar with TED, a nonprofit that spreads ideas in the form of powerful talks. You may not know that TED has its own education section, TED-Ed. TED-Ed celebrates and shares the ideas of teachers and students across the world.

5. Podcasts

Podcasts are great for long commutes or while cooking dinner! These are some of our favorites: Josie and The Podcast, The Student Affairs Spectacular, Student Loan Show and Relearning Podcast.

6. LinkedIn

Chances are high that you already have LinkedIn, but do you use it? LinkedIn helps you connect and stay connected with students, staff, and alumni. LinkedIn is also an awesome tool for advertising your university/institution.

7. Skype

Skype is a great way to communicate with students who are unable to attend a class or a meeting, but still want to have that face-to-face interaction. It’s also a preferred way to communicate with international students and applicants.

8. Texting

We saved the best for last.Texting works! Students are constantly on their phones and this is the way that they want to communicate. Still not sure texting is for you? Read the research.

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About the author: Paige is the Marketing Associate at Signal Vine. Paige loves making lists and writing for the Signal Vine blog. Follow Paige on LinkedIn!